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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580054846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054843
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Sh!t No One Tells You took me right back to those first weeks of new motherhood—truly the most empowering and frustrating (and frightening!) of times. With heartfelt encouragement and insight, Dawn Dais is a must-read for first-time moms."
Rebecca Woolf, author of Rockabye: From Wild to Child

"Humorous revelations offer insight into a natural process that can and often does completely overwhelm the mother. . . An amusing and accurate examination of life with an infant.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Babies are wonderful—we all agree. Can we also acknowledge that bringing home that first bundle of joy is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do? Dawn Dais bravely goes where other baby books don’t in her wisecracking new release called The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year. She spills the truth about everything from breastfeeding to getting along with your partner post-baby. Pregnant women who want an honest peek inside what’s to come will be convinced to nap while they still can, and moms with kids will laugh out loud at Dais’s quirky insights and strong opinions."
Parents magazine

"Dais and her team of MOFLs (moms on the front lines) guide parents (moms, especially) through the first 52 weeks of your child’s life with honesty, clarity, humor, complaints and encouragement on a myriad of important subjects from breastfeeding, endless crying and vaccinating to relationship problems, loss of freedom and inaccurate Facebook statuses (“OMG, I love my life!”)."
Equally Family

"From poop to post-partum depression, she presents a no-holds-barred look at all of the changes and challenges that new moms and dads can face, along with the three little words every infant-toting parent wants to hear: It gets better."
Parade magazine




"[T]hings are going to get messy. And not as in, 'Oh, you dripped a little ketchup on your shirt while eating a burger.' Oh no. More of a 'Seriously, how long has that poop been on my shirt with no one pointing it out?' Where once your life was pristine and tasteful it is now covered in things that came out of different parts of a human being."
— from the book

About the Author

Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her two previous books, The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women and The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races, were published by Seal Press, have topped Amazon.com best-seller lists, and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources. Her uniquely sarcastic yet inspiring tone has entertained and guided an enthusiastic core of readers towards their various ridiculous athletic goals. Dais has a popular website, dreaminmotion.net, which has 18,000 members and features downloadable training plans, blogging, and run tracking. Her first film recently received national distribution. Dais lives in Sacramento, CA, with her partner and two-year-old daughter, Vivian.

Customer Reviews

It also contains lots of good information for new parents.
Kayla
I would recommend this book to any new mom who has had their baby for a few weeks.
anneliese
Very well written and full of advice....funny, true, and real.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lavers on July 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the book I wish I had read when my daughter was first born. Except that I could barely keep my eyes open and I was still convinced that my precious free moments were best spent scrapbooking the precious memories of my baby's new life into an adorable hardcover book that I would proudly show off for an entire week and then never look at again. I was a sleep deprived idiot.

But had I been able to formulate cohesive thoughts during those first few months, let alone process complex sentences, I could have really benefited from this book, with such reassuring chapters as:
* "Breastfeeding is F'n Hard" (it really is);
* "No One is Loving This as Much as Their Facebook Posts Would Have You Believe" (soooo true...if you don't believe me, go back and look at your own Facebook posts from when your child was first born--if your child was born after 2007 of course--and notice the lack of posts that say "that little @#!$ woke me up every 30 minutes for no good reason and I'm starting to suspect it's some sort of personal infant vendetta");
* "Your Newborn is Not Cute" (screw this, mine was adorable! ...sort of);
* "Who Needs a Health Plan When You Have the Internet?" (the internet is hella dangerous to new parents--just ask the very nice nurses at my local emergency room when I brought in my five-week-old because when I took her temperature I thought it was half a degree higher than the other eight times I had taken it that day, and is it possible that she has malaria or scarlet fever or something?); and
* "It Does Not Go By 'Soooo Fast'" (especially those first three or four months...those are like the longest night that never ends...I mean awesome, but also awful...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Erin on July 4, 2013
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Having read several "serious" books (Cherish the First Six Weeks, Happiest Baby on the Block, Babywise, etc), I was excited to hear about this book. I read most of while breast feeding my 3 week old. It made me laugh out loud. I would definitely recommend it to new first time moms!! She approaches the challenges of the first year with a new born from a perspective that most professional women with a sense of humor will appreciate.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd Dewolf on June 18, 2014
Format: Paperback
We're expecting our 3rd child in 7 weeks, so I wanted to get the new born parental juices flowing again. I made it a quarter through the book. Nothing could have led me to run back to the arms of the classics faster.
* Swearing isn't funny in itself, though what did I expect with the title.
* Echo chamber of a half dozen 30 something mothers.
* Doesn't lead with her parenting philosophies, tones and styles that resonate with the author.
* There are many almost insights drowned in this "I'm an expert now" memoir.
* As is no surprise with the no research, there are no references, no jumping off points to learn more about a topic if you have questions.
* As another reviewer describes this is the Sh!t People Told You But You Have To Experience It book, making it one more girlfriend telling you how it will be.

I couldn't get beyond the shallow chapter "You Newborn Is Not Cute". At least the author could have described some of the trauma and conditions that newborns quickly heal from. Or provided some research that backs what could be the interesting psychology of parental instincts.

I had already endured the "steal from the hospital" chapter. What if you have different morals or later needs to source alternatives to the products?

The author was fortunate that adjusting her own diet allowed her daughter to feed. It probably would have improved the book if she term dropped acid reflux, GERDS, colic, and the expensive lactose free and even milk protein free formula.

The depression chapter is depressing. How can such a chapter not speak to one of the most significant symptoms, unreasonable fear. A tell tale sign of postpartum depression is fixated fears on improbable events -- seeking fear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Cooper on April 1, 2014
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I picked up this book about a week after coming home from the hospital with my adorable and completely overwhelming little bundle. I couldn't believe taking care of her was SO DAMN HARD. "Why didn't anyone warn us?" I asked my husband, over and over again. I was angry with all those people who jumped up and down with joy when we told them we were expecting, because what I'd really needed was a heart-to-heart about how difficult this was going to be, not a goofy grin and a pat on the head on my way out. Although this book didn't answer all my questions, it did set my mind at ease just a little that what I was feeling was completely normal -- and more importantly, that it would get better. I appreciated the author's lighthearted take on the topic of bringing a baby into your life. I think the book is especially well suited to first time moms used to a professional identity; women who suddenly find themselves knee-deep in diapers, spit up and mountains of laundry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christine R. on January 27, 2015
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I didn't really care for this book at all. I read some if the other reviews and thought it would be funny but it's basically just a long rant about how awful having a baby is. Not encouraging. Very annoying...
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More About the Author

Dawn Dais is a freelance writer, designer, and filmmaker from Sacramento, CA. Her two previous books, The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women and The Noncyclist's Guide to the Century and Other Road Races, were published by Seal Press, have topped Amazon.com best-seller lists, and have been featured by countless TV and print media sources. Her uniquely sarcastic yet inspiring tone has entertained and guided an enthusiastic core of readers towards their various ridiculous athletic goals.

​Dawn's most recent book The Sh!t No One Tells You will be out in June 2013 and is a funny and informational book about the joys of parenthood.​

Dawn lives in Sacramento, CA, with her family.

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